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Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars draw

Posted: 5 March 2011 Time: 22:15

Kaizer Chiefs took a leaf out of the book of Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates by scoring a late, late goal to salvage a 1-1 draw in their League match against Free State Stars at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday night.

Ea Lla Koto looked set to claim a 'smash and grab' win after Madoda Motha had put them 1-0 up with just a few minutes of regulation time remaining, but Siphiwe Tshabalala scored in the fourth minute of injury time to level the game.

However, the result is a fourth successive draw for Amakhosi, whose title hopes are slipping away. If Pirates defeat Bloemfontein Celtic tomorrow, then they will have opened up a six-point gap on their arch rivals.

Chiefs made five changes from their 0-0 draw in midweek with Vasco da Gama, the most notable of which saw captain Jimmy Tau and left-sided midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala return from suspension and injury respectively.

Stars' changes included the return of Noah Chivuta and Tebelo Mofokeng to the starting line-up, while midfield anchor Paulus Masehe was still missing due to suspension after his sending off against Ajax Cape Town last weekend.

After a quiet opening, the Amakhosi began to gain the ascendancy in the midfield battle and created a couple of half chances in the first 30 minutes. Knowledge Musona and unlikely goal scorer Thomas Sweswe both had long range shots that were not too far off target.

On-loan striker Stanton Lewis, making just his second start for Chiefs, was the first to produce a save from Ea Lla Koto ‘keeper Kennedy Mweene, but his 32nd minute shot from the right side of the penalty area was easily collected by the Zambian.

Mweene was on hand to frustrate Lewis again about ten minutes later, with the striker trying an improvised back-heel shot after Punch Masenamela's low cross deflected slightly behind the striker's run.

Chiefs created the first clear chance of the second half but Musona pulled his 53rd minute shot wide of Mweene's right-hand post. To be fair to the Zimbabwean striker, he was unlikely to have scored from what was a difficult angle.

Stars' best chances tended to be created from set pieces, such as when substitute Mpho Makola struck a wicked free kick just wide of Itumeleng Khune's left upright in the 58th minute.

On 64 minutes the hosts had a good chance when a sublime pass from Reneilwe Letsholonyane put Jimmy Tau into a great position to create a goal – the right-back's low cross was only half cleared and the ball fell for Musona, who sliced an effort wide of the mark under pressure from Mweene.

Just over ten minutes later, Stars were lucky not to concede a penalty when Madoda Motha tangled with Tau in the box. Television replays suggested that the substitute had impeded Tau's run, but referee Abdul Ebrahim waved away Chiefs' appeals for a spot kick.

With the game seemingly destined to end a goalless stalemate, Stars stunned the hosts and silenced the majority of the large crowd in the venue when Motha headed home from a corner kick in the 86th minute.

Chiefs looked set for defeat, but Tshabalala showed some great composure in the box to stab home a shot in the 94th minute, thereby earning the home team a share of the spoils.

The goal also denied Stars a first ever home and away ‘double' over Amakhosi, after winning the first round match between the teams 1-0 earlier this season.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:44 pm
u chips u r out of psl race i u dnt c tht u never c it nw 4 u chimpanze nw is tym 2 go whr u be long 2 possetion 8 wht u avarange playerz like musunu hahaha bucs will rule until jesus comes dwn (my name is zamorano surname pirates fc my blood is black n white)
posted: 10:45 pm
why r celebrating bcoz pirates waz wrong 2 celebrate a draw.cabiges u mst stop toking 2 much
posted: 10:45 pm
nyc draw 4 draws fc!
posted: 10:46 pm
ama-COW-si pasop
posted: 10:47 pm
posted: 10:47 pm
"Cable Thieves will never win the league with the players we have. Kaizer must sign me Prins Olomu, Siyabonga Sangweni and Thulani Sereo, then we will win the league", said V VermezoDraw
posted: 10:50 pm
amakhosi can disapoint sumtyms nd sumtyms i hte tht i am thier biggest supporter bt th ref is anatha influence on our loss nw our nly hpe is the nedbank cup as 4 the league yona its out of hand nd guess to wich team aggghh... the nme bores me a lot
posted: 10:53 pm
ithink chimpanzes mst stop arogance&boosting 2 much we r enough bout words nw time 4 action.did u c v v aka jesebel he almst cried but 1 day he said hs team is da best team in psl he waz rite it da best drawing team.so friendz how r u going 2 win da league if u colect 1 point per game
posted: 10:53 pm
posted: 10:54 pm
Im nt gna tlk 2 much, im jst gna slp 2day nd watch da game 2moro at da seisa theatre of dreams!
Lol i c pie-rats fans tlkn nw bt les w8 nd c wat happens kusasa!
Kaizer Celtic 4 lyf!
posted: 10:54 pm
Phalishi or pap supporters do have a big mouth,what is funny they were celebrating thinking that we have lost but we came back with golden equaliser.They gang for Chiefs with Sadakwana supporters
Pap FC will never take this cup they will end up pointing it and after that most of them will commit suicide.
posted: 10:56 pm
The last time bucs was holding the umbrella n warming the seat for this pathetic n useless SALAD FC,,,,,,why hold the umbrella for team aiming for draws in all the games they r playing?

Where is the refree frm,,,,,,,kakakakakakakaka,,,,,,,,,,vicky killed with tht one,,,,,,,kikikikikikiki

Its hard being a cabbage salad fc fan this days bcos ur lack of quality players is starting to show now more than ever but a lunatic told the whole SA tht he has the best team in the pls tht donates points to Vasco n FFS,,,,,,,,,,,,

Dont worry amatalkatives u r right on course to winning the league,,,just keep collecting singles u will seee,,,,,,,,,,,,,where is the ref frm,,,,,,tl.tl.tl.tl.tl.tl.tl.tl.tl
posted: 10:59 pm
I give up,we are not a championship material this season.
posted: 11:01 pm
keizerbels r slowly but surely 1 point per game lol
posted: 11:05 pm
agg shame poor makhosikazi - dnt worry maybe musona will score the winning goal on monday ko soccer zone - hahahahhhhh - as for da denied penalty it serves right (26 feb )
posted: 11:07 pm
breaking newz musona is loosing da golden boot nw mojoro 4rm amazulu is taking it nw ithink boby mst go back 2 zim 2 buy 1&get 1 free because musona is of form
zwelo ndlamhlola
posted: 11:14 pm
pirates supporters are making a noise as if their team has won the league already,and tell you what guys,you have made a very big mistake by only focusing on chiefs and forgetting the other teams,sundowns is not far away and you will be very supprised, as their are going to replace you on the top position,watch the space.
posted: 11:15 pm
Another draw? This is bad, very bad.
posted: 11:16 pm
ya wat goes around goes around do u remember our penalt dat waz denied on da 26 nw u knw how it fls.idon't knw y fried chips r celebrating a draw because on da 26 we were not celebrating a draw we we da 1st position bcoz u tok it 4 92 mints so we were hapy 2 go bk where we blng so nina wat r u celebrating
posted: 11:21 pm
zweloxolo we r not focusing on any 1 we jst runing away with da league kuphela&pls dont tel me bout sunkop radar tok bout ajax sunkop faild 2 beat us twice they r da reoson we up there they donated 6 points 2 u
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